Jerry West Digital Collection

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West, the "tallest player in basketball" at 6'3" keeps Smith from successfully making a shot. At this game, West Virginia University handed Kentucky their fifth home defeat in 15 years.Both West and Smith made the United States Olympic team two years later in 1960.
In the front row, left to right, are Coach Tony Gentile (Williamson), Butch Goode (Pineville), George Ritchey (Chattaroy), Jay Jacobs (Morgantown), Mickey Neal (Williamson), Ed Christie (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Coach Tony Folio (Clarksburg-Washington Irving).  In the back row, left to right, are Jim Warren (Clarksburg-Washington Irving), Jerry West (East Bank), Howard Hurt (Beckley), Jim McDonald (Bridgeport), Carl Johnson (Williamson), Willie Akers (Mullens), Larry Brothers (Parkersburg), and an unidentified manager.
East Bank High School's Gary Stover, No. 17, and Morgantown's Jay Jacobs, No. 3, jump for a rebound during the championship game. Jerry West, not pictured, was also playing at this game as the team's starting small forward.West led East Bank High School to victory at this game, scoring 43 of the 71 points against Morgantown. The final score was 71-56. It was the first time East Bank High School won the state championship title.
West's jersey number 44 was officially retired prior to the Mountaineers' basketball game against LSU.
West, left, flies past Louisville's John Turner during the 1959 NCAA Semi-Finals. The Mountaineers won this game 93-78, with 38 points scored by West alone.